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Canadian Space Agency Inflating New Balloon Launch Project From Timmins Airport


Canadian Space Agency Inflating New Balloon Launch Project

Elizabeth Howell, SPACE.com Contributor
Date: 13 September 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET

Canadian Space Agency Balloon
Canadian Space Agency officials inflate a high-altitude balloon
for recovery operation drills in Timmins, Ontario. The space
agency hopes to start launching science balloon missions into
Earth's atmosphere by 2014.
CREDIT: Canadian Space Agency

In Timmins, Ontario, a city most famous for its museum devoted to country singer Shania Twain, the Canadian Space Agency is hoping to attract visitors of a different sort.

The space agency is helming an effort to launch unmanned weather balloons from Timmins' airport. If all goes well, the city of 43,000 may become the go-to destination in 2014 for Canadian researchers looking to send experiments soaring into the upper atmosphere.

This week the CSA has been performing a series of simulated "recovery operations" to test gear and methods for retrieving a science balloon once it finishes its flight.

http://www.space.com/17570-balloon-launches-canadian-space-agency.html



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